The Brooklyn Bridge Park Corp. believes that releasing renderings of potential designs for the two towers slated to rise at the Southern edge of the park will quiet the considerable controversy over whether the towers should include affordable housing—which would not, unlike the other units, help to fund the park’s upkeep. “Before we had the responses it was really an abstract idea. Now with the design and with the proposed ground-floor uses, we have the opportunity to think through new uses and assess whether those designs are compatible with the park,” president Regina Myer, who obviously does not have a very good handle on how the land use process generally plays out in New York City, told The Wall Street Journal.
The owners of two different sites on Bedford Avenue are trying to cash out on their prime proximity to the L Train, Crain’s reports, with one asking $23 million and the other $17 million, which works out to about $3,000 per buildable square foot. Which, in short, means that nothing even remotely interesting will occupy those sites in the future.
Meanwhile, the dirty old-man behind shuttered East Village restaurant Gama—the 48-year-old proprietor used the establishment as a means to kiss college students and jello wrestle with 21-year-olds—is bringing his special touch to East Williamsburg, where he intends to open a diner called Amancay with a permanent “spin the bottle” table, according to DNAInfo. Besides swapping spit with strangers, visitors can expect “Bushwick-ified” staples like chicken noodle soup made with organic, trendy ingredients. And who could resist that?
But maybe all hope is not lost for the Brooklyn retail scene: one woman is trying to start a Bushwick flea market that is lower-cost and features more diverse vendors than Brooklyn Flea, according to DNAInfo. The proprietor told the website that while she found other flea market offerings “beautiful,” they’re expensive and all match the same kind of style.
Help! The de Blasio administration needs some when it comes to figuring out where to put all the affordable housing it’s been boasting about building: Crain’s reports that the city has put out an RFP seeking consultants to figure out how to implement mandatory inclusionary zoning, a key element of the mayor’s affordable housing program.
It wasn’t a mystery why LICH went down, but the Brooklyn Eagle reports that mismanagement also had a lot to do with it—SUNY lost $106 million over the last two years by not billing people for treatment because it did not file standard paperwork with insurers. Apparently, the university is now trying to recoup the money by sending out bills years after treatment.
Aby Rosen has dropped $90 million to on the Soho Holiday Inn, The Real Deal reports. Strangely, the Procaccianti Group paid $128 million to pick up the property in 2007.